1. Fare hike episode shows Delhi govt has no say in metro management: CM Arvind Kejriwal

Fare hike episode shows Delhi govt has no say in metro management: CM Arvind Kejriwal

The Delhi government and Centre's equal stake in the city metro was a "facade" meant for obtaining "large" amounts of funding from the former, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal today wrote.

By: | New Delhi | Published: October 13, 2017 2:09 AM
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The Delhi government and Centre’s equal stake in the city metro was a “facade” meant for obtaining “large” amounts of funding from the former, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal today wrote to Union Urban Affairs Development Minister Hardeep Singh Puri. Kejriwal, whose strident opposition against the metro fare hike came to a naught recently when the DMRC board cleared it, also urged Puri to form an “independent expert group” acceptable to both centre and state to review all the thorny issues concerning the metro.
“This entire episode demonstrates that while the Delhi government and Central Government are equal partners in the DMRC, the Delhi Government has virtually no say in its management,” Kejriwal wrote.

“DMRC is in no way accountable to the Delhi government, nor does it pay any heed to our directions. Evidently the said partnership is only a facade that is being used for obtaining large contributions of funding from the Delhi Government,” he added. Referring to Puri’s contention that metro’s operational losses must be borne “solely by the Delhi government”, Kejriwal said it only establishes the “absurdity” of the prevailing arrangements. “We are not opposed to fare revisions per se. But fare hikes be allowed only to the extent necessary since they affect a vast majority of our people,” he added.

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    Vishal
    Oct 13, 2017 at 7:10 am
    Please stop the (bad) politics Kejriwal ji. These low-price politics has ensured that more than 4000 die every year in Mumbai local trains. Such drama has already led to drop of DTC buses from 5000 in 2012 to only 3000 now. In 10 years, most of these buses would turn into junk canisters as 50 percent fare reduction has ensured no new buses will be purchased in Delhi. That's one way to ruin public transport in Delhi -- after Shiela Dik built it with much care, without drama.
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